Business of Law Conference

August 10, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

2018 ALA Arizona Chapter Business of Law Conference (BOL)




8:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Topic: How to Deal with an Office @#$hole
Speaker: Jennifer K. Hill, President/Senior Recruiter
JHill’s Staffing Services, a Division of Marcum Search LLC


In this session, Jennifer Hill will explore the different types of A-Holes one may encounter in an office. She will provide a behavior matrix that relates to each of the different A-Hole types of personalities. Jennifer will offer tools for working with each type of personality in a proactive way.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Topic: Workplace Investigations: Tips for Experienced Investigators
Speaker: Kristina M. Moris, President
The Washington Firm, Ltd.


In this #MeToo environment, it is critical that we respond promptly and appropriately to employee complaints. This could range everywhere from complaints about performance issues all the way up to harassment and discrimination complaints. More and more, internal office administrators and HR professionals are being asked to conduct these investigations, which can have a profound impact on everyone involved.  Tips and techniques will be shared and there will be plenty of time to ask questions.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Topic: How To Become A Social Media Rock Star
Speaker: Spencer X. Smith
Spencer X. Smith Consulting


With 2 billion Facebook users, 330 million active Twitter accounts, 40 million daily Instagram photo uploads, and countless digital sites - social media is the best means ever invented to grow both your personal reputation as well as that of your organization. During this session, Spencer Smith will share what works for both himself and his clients around the country.

Learning objectives:

- Identify which social platforms make sense for your organization
- Describe how you should spend your time online
- Discuss the types of content you should be utilizing
- Demonstrate which analytics are important and which to ignore

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Topic: Gray Area Thinking (Human Inclusivity Training)
Speaker: Ellie Krug, Writer, Lawyer, Human
Human Inspiration Works, LLC


All humans habitually categorize and group others who are “different” from “us,” which often lends to black and white thinking, as in “good” versus “bad” or “native” versus “immigrant” and a host of other isolating labels. With this inclusivity presentation, Ellen (Ellie) Krug offers an innovative toolset—Gray Area Thinking™—for interacting with diverse humans in a mindful and compassionate way. Attendees will appreciate and value how it’s necessary to consciously engage in Gray Area Thinking™ in their daily activities. Doing so will lead to a more inclusive life.

Gray Area Thinking™ is a simple three-part toolset for interacting with diverse humans: (1) awareness of another human’s vulnerability or suffering; (2) risk-taking to alleviate or lesson that vulnerability or suffering; and (3) compassion and kindness for both self and others.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Business Partner Networking

2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Topic: Happy Unfinished
Speaker: Karen Lisko, Ph.D., Senior Litigation Consultant
Perkins Coie LLP


Have you ever heard yourself say, “I’ll be happy when . . .”? Too many times, we are our own worst culprit in delaying our own happiness until we feel sufficiently complete in working through the small to large chaos we encounter in our lives.  Dr. Lisko will merge the latest social science research on happiness with good sense to describe what makes some more successful in defining happiness in their lives than others.  The research regarding the science of happiness is fascinating and its application for your own brain and your own life is highly accessible!  This lecture is designed as a motivational speech filled with poignant humor and common sense.

2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Topic: No Hire? No Sweat! An Update On the Use of No-Poaching Agreements in the Recruiting Industry
Speaker: Laura Lawless Robertson, Partner
Squire Patton Boggs


Employers are always looking for ways to retain their best talent and prevent competitors from luring them away. Among other tools, employers have often turned to no-hire, or no-poaching, agreements with competitors to prevent the recruitment of each other’s talent.  This session will focus on the current legal landscape on the validity of such agreements, particularly from an antitrust perspective, and offer guidance on how to protect your human capital lawfully and wisely.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception & Raffle


**Members who RSVP and fail to attend will be charged a $75 fee.

Raffle Held During Lunch & Cocktail Reception
You Must be Present to Win
Raffle Tickets for Sale at Registration Area & During Lunch
100% of all Raffle Ticket Proceeds go to the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Code Red Water Drive
All Raffle Prizes graciously donated by our Business Partners attending the conference.

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$50.00 NALS Member Ticket (including lunch & cocktail reception)

$75.00 Non-Member Ticket (including lunch and cocktail reception)

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$75.00 Business Partners Full Day - Purchase of Additional Ticket (including lunch & cocktail reception)